Curriculum Areas

In tikanga and te reo Maori, tamariki extend their knowledge and understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand’s bicultural heritage, iwi, culture, and history.

Our Tamariki will :

  • Have the opportunity to be part of Te Mahurehure
  • Learn te reo Maori and Experience Matauranga Maori

Our Kaiako will:

Provide opportunities for understanding of tikanga and te reo Maori

In reading, tamariki develop understanding, appreciate and enjoy written, visual or oral/aural ideas/information in a range of increasing complexity. Critical and creative thinking will be evident in response to these texts.

In writing, tamariki create and use visual and written texts of increasing complexity. Critical and creative thinking will be evident in these texts.

In oral language, tamariki develop understanding, create and use oral language of increasing complexity. Appropriate language choices are made.

In reading, our tamariki will :

  • Learn to read / read to learn
  • Read for enjoyment
  • Learn to decode and think critically/creatively

In reading, our kaiako will:

  • Encourage tamariki to read for pleasure
  • Provide independent, guided, shared, kaiako reading around a variety of texts
  • Select books to match interest

In writing, our tamariki will :

  • Use all elements of the shared cluster rubric
  • Learn to write and think critically/creatively

In writing, our kaiako will:

  • Model writing through use of exemplars to illustrate progressions / next steps
  • Give quality feedback and feedforward

In oral language, our tamariki will :

  • Speak clearly and with confidence

In oral language, our kaiako will:

  • Provide opportunities for tamariki to develop oral skills and present to others

In mathematics and statistics, tamariki become problem solvers by developing their ability to explore relationships in quantities, space, and data and learn to express these relationships in ways that help them to make sense of the world around them.

Our tamariki will :

  • Develop their strategy and problem solving
  • Develop their knowledge of number sense
  • Apply mathematics in authentic contexts
  • Use and understand the language of mathematics

Our kaiako will:

  • Model mathematics through use of exemplars to illustrate progressions / next steps
  • Give quality feedback and feedforward
  • Create mathematically rich environments that are engaging and challenging

In inquiry based learning, tamariki use a dynamic approach to learning that involves exploring the world through authentic contexts.

Our tamariki will :

  • Independently and cooperatively inquire into the questions they pose
  • Be empowered when using inquiry

Our kaiako will:

  • Support tamariki to investigate questions they are interested in researching
  • Facilitate differentiation of content, process and product

In social sciences, tamariki learn to explore how local, national and global communities are shaped by different perspectives, values and viewpoints.

Our Tamariki will :

  • Explore their cultural identity
  • Learn how to shape and make informed opinions
  • Model the qualities of a responsible citizen

Our Kaiako will:

  • Provide resources/opportunities to celebrate diversity and difference
  • Model and discuss WAIMA school values so they become an intrinsic part of the character or each of our tamariki

In science, tamariki learn to explore how the natural and physical world work and the importance of science in their daily lives.

Our Tamariki will :

  • Develop skills/attitudes/values in gaining an understanding of the world around them
  • Relate modern science concepts to Maori world views

Our Kaiako will:

Recognise and create science opportunities for tamariki to engage in within other curriculum areas

In technology, tamariki learn to be innovative developers of products/systems and discerning consumers who can make a difference in the world.

Our Tamariki will :

  • Develop an awareness of the influences technology has had, is having and will have on culture, ethics, environment, and economy
  • Investigate the design of different products and systems

Our Kaiako will:

  • Provide experiences and opportunities to experience technology
  • Model the use of digital technologies
  • Provide opportunities for tamariki to use digital technologies for learning


In health, tamariki understand the importance of the wellbeing of themselves, others, society and the environment.


Our Tamariki will :

  • In health, view and understand the interdependence of individuals/groups

Our Kaiako will:

  • In health, provide opportunities and experiences through a variety of means

In Physical Education, tamariki understand the benefits of personal fitness, participating in individual/team sports.

In EOTC, tamariki are provided with experiences and opportunities not otherwise available.

Our Tamariki will :

  • In PE, increase the fitness and skills of our tamariki
  • In PE, have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of sporting activities
  • In EOTC, have the opportunity to explore outdoor education

Our Kaiako will:

  • In PE, provide regular opportunities for physical exercise, fitness and skill development
  • In EOTC, provide opportunities for tamariki to experience and be challenged

In the arts, tamariki explore, challenge, affirm, and celebrate imaginative expressions of self, community and culture.

Our Tamariki will :

  • Learn techniques in visual art in a variety of media
  • Experience the performing arts
  • Have the opportunity to participate in community cultural experiences

Our Kaiako will:

  • Provide a variety of artistic experiences through visual arts, music and drama

In learning languages, tamariki learn to communicate in an additional language, develop their capacity to learn further languages, and explore different world views in relation to their own.

Our Tamariki will :

  • Have the opportunity to learn other languages

Our Kaiako will:

  • Provide tamariki with opportunities to explore other customs